Provincial Voting Places

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Published by the Crown Corporations and Agencies - Elections BC
Licensed under Elections BC Open Data Licence

A voting place is the building or facility where voters of one or more voting areas are assigned to vote. (Election Act, s. 1, 81)

This dataset contains spatial points representative of voting opportunities for use in provincial electoral events.

Each voting place is identified by a three character electoral district code (e.g. CHC is an abbreviation of the Chilliwack electoral district). A voting place is identified by a standard address ID, street address, locality and building name.

A voting place is classified by type based on its use in an electoral event; Advance - for use in advance voting opportunities, General - for use on general voting day, and Advance and General which are used for throughout the voting period of electoral event.

The status of a voting place is indicative of whether a voting place is proposed or has been confirmed for an electoral event. The event name and event date fields indicates which electoral event a voting place is used for.

This dataset includes voting places for the 2017 Provincial General Election, the 2018 West-Kelowna By-election, the 2019 Nanaimo By-election and the 2020 Provincial General Election.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


A spatial representation of voting places used for electoral events. This data can be combined with Provincial Voting Area and Voting Place Assignment Tables and Provincial Electoral District Voting Areas data to illustrate voting area assignments for an electoral event.

Data Quality

Please note that this data is updated on an ongoing basis leading up to electoral events and may not be indicative of the final voting places used in an event. The data can be considered finalized when the date in the STATUS field contains the value Confirmed.

This dataset is aligned to the Digital Road Atlas 2 road network. The points have been placed proportionally along a road segment based on the segments road range. Some of the points in this dataset have been moved to a building foot print location.

Lineage Statement

Electoral Geography Division, Elections BC. Converted from Informix/DB2 to ESRI file geodatabase feature class by Elections BC.

More Information

Contact Information

NameKevin Pangman (pointOfContact)
OrganizationCrown Corporations and Agencies
Sub-OrganizationElections BC
NameGlen Beckwith (pointOfContact)
OrganizationCrown Corporations and Agencies
Sub-OrganizationElections BC

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2017-03-29
Record Last Modified 2021-05-13
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: EBC_VOTE_P
Comments: EBC_VOTING_PLACES_SP contains descriptions and geographic positions of the buildings used as voting places in BC Provincial Elections. This is a point dataset.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
VOTING_PLACE_ID VTNG_PL_ID NUMBER 10 VOTING_PLACE_ID is a system generated unique identification number.
ADDRESS_STANDARD_ID ADDRESS_ID NUMBER 10 ADDRESS_STANDARD_ID is the Elections BC-supplied unique address ID associated with the voting place.
STREET_ADDRESS STRT_ADDR VARCHAR2 100 STREET_ADDRESS is a textual string which includes unit, building number, street name, street type, direction, e.g., "Unit 1, 234 Main Street W"
LOCALITY LOCALITY VARCHAR2 50 LOCALITY is the name of the municipality, community, Indian reservation, subdivision, regional district, aboriginal lands, or natural feature where the address is located in, e.g., Saanich
BUILDING_ID BLDG_ID NUMBER 10 BUILDING_ID is a unique identifier for the voting place building assigned by Elections BC.
BUILDING_NAME BLDG_NAME VARCHAR2 100 BUILDING_NAME is the name by which the voting place building is known, e.g., Doncaster School
ED_NAME ED_NAME VARCHAR2 100 ED_NAME is the full electoral district name of the electoral district that this voting place is being used for, e.g., Victoria Swan Lake
ED_ABBREVIATION ED_ABBR VARCHAR2 3 ED_ABBREVIATION is the electoral district abbreviation of the electoral district that this voting place is being used for, e.g., VTS.
EVENT_NAME EVENT_NM VARCHAR2 100 EVENT_NAME is the name of the electoral event, e.g.,2017 General Election, 2017 VTB By-election
EVENT_DATE_TEXT EVENT_DT VARCHAR2 15 EVENT_DATE_TEXT is the date on which the electoral event took place. This is formated as MM/DD/YYYY, e.g., 09/05/2017.
VOTING_PLACE_TYPE VP_TYPE VARCHAR2 100 VOTING_PLACE_TYPE describes the use of this building as a voting place, e.g., Advance Voting Place, General Voting Place, Advance and General Voting Place.
STATUS STATUS VARCHAR2 20 STATUS is the state of the usage of the building for the event, i.e., proposed, confirmed, withdrawn
STATUS_DATE_TEXT S_DATE VARCHAR2 15 STATUS_DATE_TEXT is the date the status was last set, formatted as MM/DD/YYYY , e.g., 02/01/2017.
WHEELCHAIR_ACCESSIBLE_IND WC_ACCS VARCHAR2 1 WHEELCHAIR_ACCESSIBLE_IND indicates whether the building is wheelchair-accessible, Y/N
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.